Archive for December, 2010

No End In Sight?

December 27, 2010

Without intent, David Harvey summarizes in an RSAnimation, recurring theme’s (providing categories sorely missing in this blog), questions, and explanatory formats, we have been living through these past years, he calls these genres:

1. Human frailty
2. Institutional failures
3. Failed theory
4. Cultural origins (Vikings are pigs)
5. Failure of policy

He then goes on to these (GSQ) questions:

Is there a Systemic risk?
Are there Internal contradictions of capital accumulation?
What about Financial innovation?
Can we change our mode of thinking?

– Or are we doomed to the fate of Sisyphus?

Carl Jung is attributed to have said “What [we] resist persists.”

Not at all hopeful for us or the way in which we have been handling the “boulder”.

Another peculiar paradox in this saga is the Recovery Industry which consists of more or less the same ‘class’ that bankrupted us, – not unlike the Counter-Terrorism Industry, or even the Military–industrial complex ever securing the peace – God Forbid.

In the Divine Comedy the inscription at the entrance to Hell reads, “Abandon hope all ye who enter here”.
However, in our own wacky version we get saved at the entrance by the “Great Icelandic Hockey Bailout.” because we are ‘too small to fail’, QED.

Crises of Capitalism
All the Devils Are Here:
The DIKW Problem

The fitness for use

December 16, 2010

There are two billion Internet Users with access to about five trillion pages of Information, Propaganda, Misinformation and Disinformation.

In the “Trial Before Pilate” seen in JC Superstar we have this exchange,
Jesus: I look for truth And find that I get damned.
Pilate: What is truth? Is truth unchanging law? We both have truths Are mine the same as yours?

If the truth in our head (or heart) controls what we do, writing that truth may be of interest to some.
If there is an $600 billion global advertising market we must assume that “truth” is not an unchanging law and that those who have $600 billion to spend on “influence” get return on their money.

And we are back to Perception management and Information warfare.

Are Osama bin Laden and Julian Assange employed by the same people? True? False? How do you know?

Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things (Thoreau), such as the scientific management of a mass population (John Gatto), or the Counter-Terrorism Industry? (NT)

Internet World Stats
Evaluating Information Found on the Internet
Trial Before Pilate (Including The 39 Lashes) Lyrics
Truth / Relativism
Social influence
Advertising estimates
The Limits of Knowledge
Who’s Who at Wikileaks?
Jones & Tarpley, – hidden agenda?
Is the truth really out there?
Changing Education Paradigms

The Triumph of Newspeak

December 12, 2010

  1. We should all be able to internalize Patriotic doctrine to the extent that it becomes a gut instinct – a feeling in the belly.
  2. Any WikiCrimes from Oceania are ungood while WikiCrimes from Eurasia and Eastasia are plusgood.
  3. A true Patriot could automatically, and without thought, expunge any “incorrect” information and totally replace it with “true” information from the Minitrue.
  4. Goodthink, is approved by the Miniluv, and is the opposite of crimethink.
  5. Goodsex is any form of sex considered acceptable by the Inner Party, all other forms of sex are sexcrimes.
  6. Anyone who enjoys virtual solitary in front of his Telescreen is subversive and thus suspicious.
  7. An unperson is a person who has been “vaporized”; who has been not only killed by the state, but effectively erased from existence. Such a person would be written out of existing books, photographs, and articles so that no trace of their existence could be found in the historical record.

Newspeak
AnonOps (svt)
Frost over the World
Murky backgrounds & affiliations
Cass Sunstein [Cognitive infiltration]
More than meets the eye
Disinformation
From INGSOC and NEWSPEAK to AMCAP, AMERIGOOD & MARKETSPEAK
“common heritage of mankind.”

Live And Learn

December 9, 2010

Unbelievable, – to see professionalism at work in this godforsaken country is just astounding.

First (although I didn’t have any faith in it) the Special Investigation Commission (SIC) released it’s report.

And now, the Icesave negotiation team under the leadership of Lee Buchheit has produced another landmark.

Eva Joly got French and Norwegian investigators to look at two of the failed banks and they have confirmed the SIC’s report, ‘negligence’ on behalf of bankers and auditors and they have condemned PriceWatherhouseCoopers for not adhering to International Standards.

The Special Prosecutor is predicting legal action against some of the ”culprits” early next year.

Even the former PM will have to face an Impeachment Court, although I would have preferred to see all of the accused ministers there with him.

Faith in politicians is at an all time low (<10%), but hopefully the Constitutional Assembly will manage to curb the current unhealthy and corrupt political “cult” for something better.

The SIC Report
Ministry of Finance
the Special Prosecutor
The Constitutional Assembly

The Land of the Free

December 4, 2010

let’s get 1 million voices against the crackdown this week!
(700.000)

Self-censorship

Advice to Students and Employees:

“We received a call today from a SIPA alumnus who is working at the State Department. He asked us to pass along the following information to anyone who will be applying for jobs in the federal government, since all would require a background investigation and in some instances a security clearance. The documents released during the past few months through Wikileaks are still considered classified documents. He recommends that you DO NOT post links to these documents nor make comments on social media sites such as Facebook or through Twitter. Engaging in these activities would call into question your ability to deal with confidential information, which is part of most positions with the federal government.”

“Any classified information that may have been unlawfully disclosed and released on the Wikileaks web site was not ‘declassified’ by an appopriate authority and therefore requires continued classification and protection as such from government personnel… Accessing the Wikileaks web site from any computer may be viewed as a violation of the SF-312 agreement… Any discussions concerning the legitimacy of any documents or whether or not they are classified must be conducted within controlled access areas (overseas) or within restricted areas (USAID/Washington)… The documents should not be viewed, downloaded, or stored on your USAID unclassified network computer or home computer; they should not be printed or retransmitted in any fashion.”

Thomas Jefferson: – Anyone?
“Information is the currency of democracy.”
“Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.”

JFK Secret Society Speech?

DemocracyNow!
NYT (Avert Your Eyes)
Spine Transplant for …
Emulating the Chinese
Killing the Messenger
De hemliga telegrammen (SVT)
Women Against Rape
Of, By, And For the One Percent?
🙂
Rap News
Is it Payback Time?
The Cone of Scilence
Captured by World’s Dating Police
😦
‘Liberal Democracies’ Public-enemy No. 1 (2 & 3)
Because the most unpardonable sin in a ‘Liberal Democratic’ society is, – independence of thought.
Let the eye of vigilance never be closed